After Bengal, Ghulam Ali to perform in Kerala; Shiv Sena burns effigy in protest

Sena had demanded cancellation of the event against the backdrop of the terror strike at Pathankot IAF base.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: January 15, 2016 3:32 am
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Congress government in Kerala on Thursday accorded a reception for Pakistani ghazal mastreo Ustad Ghulam Ali who would stage concerts in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode in the next two days.

Shiv Sena activists burned the effigy of Ghulam Ali in front of the hotel where the function was held in tight police security. Sena had demanded cancellation of the event against the backdrop of the terror strike at Pathankot IAF base.

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Ali, who is treated as a state guest, had reached Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday night. The reception was addressed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and several other political leaders and cultural activists.

Ali was given the global legendary award of the Swaralaya, an organisation promoting classical art and music. He was also garlanded and given mementos by represenatives of the government and cultural organisations.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the reception accorded to Ali demonstrated the rich cultural tradition of the state.

A group of Shiv Sena activists marched towards the venue to protest, but the police prevented them from disrupting the reception.

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  1. S
    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:02 pm
    Shiv Sena : Please limit your protests to effigy burning and black arm bands. Mr. Ali is going to the land of Lt.Col. Niranjan, so trust your countrymen, let them decide if they wish to protest with you by ignoring Mr. Ali's performance . Let CM Chandy show affection for Mr. Ali for narrow political interests , he is shooting himself on his own foot ...
    1. S
      Jan 15, 2016 at 5:27 am
      ... yes, but the patrons can choose to stay away in solidarity with the sacrifices made by our soldiers at Pathankot. We shall never forget, we shall never forgive ...
      1. K
        Kanu Patel
        Jan 14, 2016 at 8:38 pm
        Is there shortage of artists in India ? Why this drama show of secularism is being staged here and there ?
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          Amit Mukhopadhyay
          Jan 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm
          Today nobody can parallel Ghulam Ali when it comes to ghazal. He is the greatest of all living ghazal singers today. I think you got your answer.
          1. D
            Jan 14, 2016 at 5:07 pm
            The show must go on........
            1. D
              Dhurandar Bhatawdekar
              Jan 14, 2016 at 6:25 pm
              Barking dogs seldom bite
              1. R
                Jan 15, 2016 at 7:27 am
                You will get good crowd in Kerala. It produces lot of jihadis, alcoholics and unemplo people.
                1. P
                  Jan 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm
                  Bengal and Kerala are known to be communist states with deep malice for Hindus.What can be expected from them?Artists are supposed to have lot of ego.How can one sing after being insulted by the country?
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